FROM: INDEPENDENT CATTLEMEN OF NEBRASKA, Box 241, Hyannis, NE 69350
Media Contact: Mary Mulligan (402) 967-3464; Email: email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 20, 2006
ICON DIRECTORS ADDRESS BRAND LAW & ANIMAL ID AT LEGISLATIVE
(Ogallala, NE)-Senator Bob Kremer, Chairman of the Unicameral's Agriculture
Committee, hosted a day-long informal meeting of cattlemen and others
involved in the beef industry in Ogallala on September 7th. The discussion
centered on brand laws and animal ID. Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska
(ICON) was well represented at the meeting by Directors Al Davis and
Bob Rothwell of Hyannis and John O'Dea of McCook.
Senator Kremer was seeking recommendations for the Ag Committee on this
summer's study resolutions. Representatives in attendance were from
Nebraska Cattlemen, Tyson Foods, Nebraska Brand Committee, Independent
Cattlemen of Nebraska, Nebraska Livestock Marketing Association, Nebraska
Department of Agriculture, and Nebraska Farm Bureau in addition to several
independent producers. Senators Erdman, Stuthman, and Louden were also
Discussion held in the morning pertained to Legislative Resolution 329,
an examination of the requirements for movement of livestock into and
out of the brand inspection area. Steve Stanec, Executive Director for
the Nebraska Brand Committee, explained the current Nebraska brand document
requirements which prove ownership, and what documents must be presented
to the Brand Inspector at the time of sale. Stanec stated that the Commission
could decide what documentation is sufficient. The consensus of those
present was that there should be no legislative action taken to water
down title documents by allowing a photocopy of the title as sufficient
proof of ownership.
After lunch, those attending discussed LR 415, a study to examine and
address issues associated with implementation of an animal identification
program. Representatives of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture gave
updates on the current level of voluntary participation in the premises
ID program. Participants also discussed methods to increase participation.
ICON directors and producers expressed concern regarding the costs to
producers, markets, and other segments of the livestock industry.
"We (ICON) are grateful for the opportunity to participate and
provide input on behalf of Nebraska cattle producers. Our comments and
concerns about NAIS (mandatory ID) seemed to be taken seriously by the
Senators hosting the meeting." Davis said.
Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska opposes a mandatory National Animal
ID system and supports existing animal identification methods, including,
but not limited to, brands, and brand inspection. ICON suggests that
any national identification program be voluntary, market driven and
administered by the USDA.